External Combustion was set up in the late 1980’s by artists and performers with an irresistible passion for the creation of spectacle. Now with more than twenty five years experience producing original and bold projects the company has refined a style of work that we think, maintains our creative aims and has established us as true pioneers of ideas and experts in the production of our work.

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Helios is an idea we have wanted to do for some time and was realised as an ‘Enchanted Parks’ commission

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Switch on

Busy and rewarding last quarter of 2014. Many pyromusicals, light switch on’s and New Year celebrations to occupy us in

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Artistic Director' Blog

The Helios project

A sonification installation of visceral beauty, power and rhythm. This is an idea I have wanted to do for some time and was realised as an ‘Enchanted Parks’, Gateshead commission at the end of 2014 with great response.  This monumental piece of laboratory equipment represents a curved slice of the sun animated with flame. Adapted for modern technology,    Helios can be controlled directly by data … › Continue reading

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